I pre-ordered Fallout: New Vegas from GameStop and got the Classic Pack DLC as a "reward." I own a 360 Arcade and don't have an Xbox Live account. My girlfriend owns a 360 Elite and has a silver Live account.
Since I don't have Live, my girlfriend downloaded the Classic Pack to the Arcade. I started two games with Classic Pack items and they worked fine for a while. As far as I know, anyone can use DLC on the machine it's downloaded to first (in this case, the Arcade); only the downloader can use it on other machines (in this case, the Elite). Unfortunately, the Arcade red-ringed today; more specifically, it gave me the E74 error. (Details: go to the Xbox support website, click "one flashing light" and "error code E74.")
I figured, okay, no problem, I'll send the Arcade in for service — it's still covered by the E74 extended warranty — and use the Elite for now. But when I tried to load the game, I saw
"Some of your downloadable content is corrupt and could not be loaded."
And that's the story of how I found out that licenses are tied to specific consoles, not just Live accounts or hard drives. (Ref: Microsoft license transfer FAQ)
Now, I could just load my game and go, but I'm afraid of losing my items permanently because of the last issue I had. I could also use up the annual license transfer to move everything to the Elite, but that could have unintended consequences for other savegames; if not mine, then my girlfriend's. I'm also not even sure that will work; would the Elite become the new "first" machine, where anyone can use DLC? Or would there be no more "first" machine?
In short: is there anything I can do to play F:NV for the next three weeks that doesn't involve losing my Classic Pack items?